TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Freshman John Pak recorded his fifth sub-70 round of the fall on Friday afternoon, carding a three-under 69 to lead Florida State Men’s Golf in the opening round of the Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate.
Pak used three birdies to his advantage on Friday, recording two in back-to-back variety on the 13th and 14th holes. He added another one on a par-5, 542-yard hole at one, as he currently sits tied for 12th to lead the Seminoles.
The freshman sensation from Scotch Plains, N.J., came into the tournament leading FSU with an average score of 70.67. He has two Top-10 finishes in two of his first three tournaments played.
Florida State is 11th in the 15-team field at the Golf Club of Georgia in Alpharetta. The Seminoles shot a 1-under 287, as sophomore Jamie Li also had a good round with a 1-under 71. Li added three birdies and is tied for 25th, joining Pak as the two Seminoles who finished the first round under par.
Redshirt sophomore Jonathan Keppler shot a 1-over 73. Keppler birdied two holes and bogeyed one on the opening back nine, but had three bogeys on the closing front nine. Redshirt senior Harry Ellis is 2-over with a 74, tying for 54th.
Sophomore Jake Carter finalized FSU’s scoring with a 4-over 76.
The Seminoles are one of 11 teams who shot under par at the 7,017-yard Lakeside course. They are scheduled to tee off on Saturday at 9 a.m., with Keppler going first.